To participate in events of the week dedicated to the 150th anniversary of August Loeber, the senator of the Senate of Latvia, delegations of Supreme courts of Lithuania and Estonia came to the Latvia. Tradition of meeting of judges of the Baltic States, commenced in 30’s of the last century, has been continued also nowadays.  

Delegation of the Supreme Court of Lithuania is led by the Chief Justice Rimvydas Norkus, and the delegation of the Supreme Court of Estonia is led by the Chief Justice Priit Pikamäe.  

On Wednesday, 9 September, judges of neighbouring countries met for discussion to exchange experience on subject, which is topical for all courts – increase of efficiency of work, to reduce term of adjudication of cases in cassation instance. Chairs of all departments of cassation instance of Latvia participated in the discussion led by Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  

Problems, which were updated by representatives of courts, are similar in all courts – insufficient “sieve” for acceptance of cases for adjudication in cassation instance, unnecessary extensive amount of cassation complaints, competence of personnel providing support to judges, etc.  Methods, how to increase efficiency of work of courts, are also similar – procedural changes and management of work of courts. However, each court has its own useful opportunities and experience, which were discussed during the meeting. Thus, for example, Estonian representatives told about political project “100 days”, which determined term of adjudication of cases, and about personnel providing assistance to judges – court lawyers’ service. In the Supreme Court of Lithuania, the principle of selection of cases, in turn, includes criteria of acceptance of cassation complaints for adjudication, and not the criteria of refusal to accept a cassation complaint. It means stricter filtering in selection of cases. However, to promote more qualitative preparation of cassation complaints, the Supreme Court of Lithuania currently elaborates recommendations to advocates.    

Estonian and Lithuanian guests also saw an exhibition “Life and work of August Loeber” from the collection of the museum of the Supreme Court, and visited the museum and premises of the historical Palace of Justice.

On Friday, Baltic judges will participate and read reports at the conference “Commercial Law in Baltic Legal Space” organised by the Supreme Court of Latvia in cooperation with the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia and the journal “Jurista Vārds” (“Lawyer’s Word”) and dedicated to August Loeber – the founder of Latvian trade law.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 28652211